Hi, Gents -
I note when chaps speak of fragrance, there are 2 characteristics that seem most important to them:
I kept these characteristics in mind when I formulated B & B Cologne.
I also kept in mind fragrance etiquette, which most chaps seem to know nothing about.
When you step into society, regardless of the setting or the purpose, there are certain "rules" that apply. For example, I like to eat French Fries with my fingers; it's a habit that comes forward from my youth, when I use to buy a bag of french fries at the local YMCA for lunch. However, in public, it is a no-no to eat with one's fingers. Yeah, I know in today's liberal society, there don't seem to be any no-no's, but in polite society, there are. Regarding fragrance "robustness", it is impolite to wear a fragrance that enters a room before you; that is, it is impolite to wear a STRONG fragrance. A prime example why it's impolite can be understood while approaching any fragrance counter in a department store. You smell the counter long before you arrive and you're usually making faces as you approach. This gives you an idea of what someone else could be experiencing should you decide to broadcast yourself with a particularly robust cologne. Imagine going out to a fine restaurant and having someone at the table with a obnoxiously loud fragrance ... especially if it's a fragrance YOU can't stand! Imagine going to the theater and having someone near you wearing what comes across to you as "Eau de Bilge"! So you see, a robust (strong) fragrance is bad manners. I believe for most men the notion that robustness is important stems from the way commercial fragrances are advertised; that is, it is always strongly implied you wear fragrance to attract the opposite sex, consequently you've got to get that fragrance out there. In fact, fragrance is not worn for others, it is worn for the wearer (sounds redundant, but you get the point). The purpose of fragrance is to excite YOU, not others, because if you're trying to wear a fragrance that will satisfy everyone you come in contact with, no such fragrance exists. Still, wearing a fragrance can make you more attractive to others; for those who don't believe this, then I suggest they apply a fragrance they despise, and wear it all day, then tell me it did not make them less attractive. Fragrance definitely influences your attitude.
As for fragrance long-life, this is extremely difficult to achieve working with natural essential oils. Most EO's have a tendency to burn off quickly with the warmth of the body. This is especially true with citrus fragrances. So as a general rule, any cloying fragrance (one that's difficult to wash off) is very likely not made with 100% essential oils. This said, I truly understand the dissatisfaction one feels spending a fair amount of money on a fragrance, only to have it disappear in 5 minutes. In any case, with B & B Cologne I believe I have managed to give it excellent life. I put some on last night after my bath, and I still pick up a slight hint of it this morning. That is incredible life for a fragrance derived totally from essential oils.
I believe B & B Cologne has been formulated to meet the standards of fragrance etiquette and to meet most gents desire for long-life. Now it is up to YOU to decide if the actual scent is exciting.
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